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Babies can get cavities just like older children and adults.
How to keep your baby’s teeth healthy
Here are some tips on how to keep your baby’s teeth healthy:
- Clean your baby’s teeth every day
- Lift your baby’s lip once a month to look at their teeth and gums
- Take your baby to visit the dentist for the first time when they are one year old
- Your child should drink from a cup without a lid by 18 months old
- Use a favourite toy, hugs, stories or songs to comfort your child instead of using a bottle or sippy cup, breastfeeding or food
Letting your baby sleep while breastfeeding or with a bottle of juice or milk can harm their teeth.
How to clean your baby’s teeth
Here is how you should clean your baby’s teeth at different ages:
- Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a wet cloth after feeding them, starting from birth.
- When your baby gets teeth, use a soft infant toothbrush and water to clean their teeth.
- If your child is under three years old, ask your dentist if you should use toothpaste to brush their teeth.
- When your child is three years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to brush their teeth twice each day. Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste after you finish brushing.
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